pretty bird…

 

long tailed bird

 

After drawing several creatures of the sea, I thought I might try a few of the sky… This one is a “doctor bird”. I wonder what this little guy is looking so askance at!

I hope you like the new style. I’ve started using a Chinese brush (digital of course) and the effect is quite pleasant I think!

UPDATE: New from Tom in the comments a hilarious poetic response to the image!

It’s awfully high up on this branch!
You too, you too, would look askance
if you’d landed way up here
then realized you have a fear
of heights!

I think that I’ll just take a breath
forget the plunge of certain death
that awaits beneath these things
upon my back: could they be wings?
So light!

Of course! Now I remember what
they are, I am. I just forgot!
Some days I drive myself insane
I’m such a silly goose bird-brain!
Alright!

You see the problem is my tail,
it’s huge and elegant: I sail
through the skies so gracefully
but my brain’s distastefully
a mite!

So now and then I do forget
just who I am or why I’m wet
when I flutter in a bath
but I look gorgeous on the path
of flight!

Copyright (C) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

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4 thoughts on “pretty bird…

  1. It’s awfully high up on this branch!
    You too, you too, would look askance
    if you’d landed way up here
    then realized you have a fear
    of heights!

    I think that I’ll just take a breath
    forget the plunge of certain death
    that awaits beneath these things
    upon my back: could they be wings?
    So light!

    Of course! Now I remember what
    they are, I am. I just forgot!
    Some days I drive myself insane
    I’m such a silly goose bird-brain!
    Alright!

    You see the problem is my tail,
    it’s huge and elegant: I sail
    through the skies so gracefully
    but my brain’s distastefully
    a mite!

    So now and then I do forget
    just who I am or why I’m wet
    when I flutter in a bath
    but I look gorgeous on the path
    of flight!

    Copyright (C) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

    🙂

    I really like the new technique!

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